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How I Spent My New Year’s Eve

Could be worse. Welcome to 2007.


Happy New Year From Lilo


Inspiration for 2007

I thought about saving this for New Year’s Day but no time like the present for warm and fuzzy.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Nelson Mandela
Inaugural Speech


Neglected Kitties

Shaylah and Kele De were feeling left out and well, neglected. So now they have their own Myspace page. Neglected Kitties. Please add them as your friend so they feel the love.


Derby Owner’s Club

Just what I needed. Another video game to obsess over. At least this one is more sociable. We met friends for dinner at Dave and Busters so Scott could introduce me to Derby Owner’s Club. Basically you breed racehorses and then raise your colt and train him to race. My horse is named Bear. He loves me. Really. There’s a little heart meter that shows your relationship with the horse and ours is maxed out in love. He likes to eat carrots, pineapple, Japanese radish and oranges. And cabbage. But he HATES watermelon. We placed closed to last in the first races because I didn’t like to whip him but I have learned that he needs a little guidance and encouragement sometimes. When you are done for the night you get to take a little card with you so next time you can load your horse into the system and continue the game! I guess people take this really seriously and raise and breed unique or expert horses and then sell them on e-bay. Now that’s crazy talk. But man that zebra/panda horse is awesome. But not as awesome as my Bear.


Shaylah Again



The Moon…

The Sky….

The Lilo…


See John, It’s Not My Fault…

It started innocently enough. I was going to play just an hour of Viva Pinata after breakfast. That hour quickly flew by into three hours. I kept saying, “just let me breed one more Raisant and then I will stop.” or “Just let me get one resident Badgersicle and that will be it” or “2 more experience levels and then I will turn it off”. But it was never enough. Something bad would happen, like when my most valuable pinata Bad Boy the Badgersicle died mysteriously. Or TWO Squazills disappeared. Or the Lickatoad ate my Newtgat. It’s been a rough morning in Lololand (that’s the name of my garden). It was made worse by the fact that John was waiting for me to go run errands with him and finally flipped out and left. (I still didn’t stop). But I found this article and it made me feel a bit better…

Why Video Games Are Hard To Give Up

Sometimes you just don’t want to stop. I know that I’ve sunk weeks of my life into playing Starcraft, Tetris, and Advance Wars. So why is it so hard to separate oneself from the keyboard or cross pad? Because it “fulfills basic psychological needs.”

Psychologists at the University of Rochester polled 1,000 gamers and asked them what keeps them glued to games. They found that gamers “reported feeling best when the games produced positive experiences and challenges that connected to what they know in the real world.”

Sometimes we need a virtual replacement of tasks we don’t get to accomplish in real life to make our brain happy:

“It’s our contention that the psychological ‘pull’ of games is largely due to their capacity to engender feelings of autonomy, competence, and relatedness,” says Ryan. The researchers believe that some video games not only motivate further play but “also can be experienced as enhancing psychological wellness, at least short-term,” he says.

See mom? I’m not wasting my life, I’m just doing right by my brain.